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Ropes & Gray plans to go to Japan in fall

If the Daini Tokyo Bar Association gives its approval, Ropes & Gray, LLP, will open its first overseas office in Japan. The Boston firm, which is planning to capture the lucrative intellectual property and private equity business in the Asian subcontinent, will open doors to its new office by September.

The new firm will operate with the moniker Ropes & Gray Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho. Two Boston-based resident intellectual property partners, Jim DeGraw and Steve Baughman, who will relocate to Japan, will head the new four-attorney office. Two associates will assist them. Ropes & Gray also has offices in New York; Washington, DC; and San Francisco, which serve Japanese clients in the U.S. on patent and other intellectual property issues.

Nine new partners for Fried Frank
New York-based prominent international law firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson elected nine of its lawyers to partnership levels.

Most of the promotions took place in the U.S. offices with six new partners in the Manhattan headquarters and one in Washington, DC, office. Paris saw two promotions for the European sector. The new partners, who will join September, include antitrust lawyers Peter Guryan and Richard Park; corporate associates Francois Hellot, Tiffany Pollard, Damian Ridealgh and Joshua Wechsler; litigation counsel Barbara Levy; bankruptcy lawyer Brian Pfeiffer; and tax lawyer Eli Weiss.

Besides operating an office in Frankfurt, law firm Fried Frank runs offices in Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, and Washington, DC. The firm's 600+ attorneys represent major investment banking firms, private equity houses and hedge funds, as well as many of the largest companies in the world.


Model fed up over telephone connection
A fashion model in Germany has waited three months to get a phone connection in her apartment from Deutsche Telekom. This would not be news if the 27-year-old model called Dora was not featuring in a high-profile advertising campaign for the same telecom company. Moreover, the campaign runs for the company's new "high-speed connection service." Dora is seen all smiles in advertising posters across Germany. Apparently, now she is not smiling for the company's slack service. The model says she would give the company a week, after which she would shift to another telecom provider.

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